California is known as a celebrity hotspot. The state is home to some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Johnny Depp, Halle Berry, George Clooney and Jennifer Anniston, and many visitors flock to the destination every year to possibly get a glimpse of them. You can even walk along the famous Walk of Fame and live out your movie-star dreams.
Aside from housing hundreds of A-Listers, though, everyone needs to visit California at least once, from stunning natural landscapes and great history to top shopping locations, an excellent arts scene and everything in between, California is a fabulous destination for couples, families and solo travellers alike.
Although there are hundreds of reasons to visit this sunny state, here at Value Added Travel we have rounded up our five favourites to highlight this great American destination. Travel here as your main destination or feature the state as part of a road trip or multi-centre holiday, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
1. Amazing Year Round Sunshine
Known as the Golden State, the weather in California is pleasant year-round. Whilst of course you will experience some showers and cool weather at points (as with everywhere), you can be assured that during your Californian adventure, the weather will be enjoyable. Here comes the sun!
The best time to visit California is in September and October – these months provide a great, comfortable temperature and avoiding peak summer season means you also avoid some of the crowds. Perfect!
2. Fantastic Theme Park Options
America is famous for it’s fantastic array of theme parks, and California is no stranger to this reputation. Home to theme parks such as Universal Studios Hollywood, Magic Mountain, Disneyland and Boomerang Bay – California is a great destination for the movie lovers and thrill seekers in your life.
3. Beautiful Beaches
We couldn’t write about California without mentioning the state’s gorgeous, golden beaches. Visit the famous Venice Beach and experience the Californian locals, beautiful coast line and fantastic attractions. Venice Beach is a bustling neighbourhood in California and is a tourist hotspot due to it’s iconic boardwalk. At Venice Beach you’ll meet an array of fantastic market sellers, talented individuals and delicious foods.
If tourist hotspots aren’t your thing, why not visit Glass Beach? Forget the golden sands of Venice Beach, Glass Beach is full of beautiful sea glass. Glass Beach is a popular attraction for this unique feature, and features thousands of these glass pieces due to years of rubbish-dumping over one hundred years ago. The result of this has led to this well-known attraction, featuring beautiful pieces of colourful and clear glass.
4. See The Exciting Filming Locations
California is home to the Hollywood Hills – a bucket list destination for many. Aside from getting your obligatory tourist photo in front of the giant white sign, California is home to some of America’s most famous filming locations.
Tour the filming locations of movie classics such as Django Unchained, Mrs Doubtfire, Gladiator and Pulp Fiction, California is a movie-lovers dream.
5. Gorgeous National Parks
California is uniquely positioned, housing four beautiful and awe-inspiring National Parks. A day trip to one of the national parks is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes.
Source: Value Added Travel